Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday advised India and China to resolve their lingering border dispute via peaceful means saying, “use of military force was outdated”. The Dalai Lama arrived in Leh where he received a rousing reception.
“Basically India and China, the two big nations and neighbours sooner or later have to solve this problem through talks …through peaceful means. Use of military force is outdated,” he responded to a specific query when asked to react to China’s expansionist approach in Ladakh where it unilaterally tried to change the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern sector.
On June 15, 2020, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action in a hand-to-hand combat with the PLA troops in the Galwan Valley when the latter unilaterally tried to change the status quo in a bid to usurp Indian territory.
Since then, India and China remain engaged in talks to de-militarise the strategic region and de-escalate the tension between the two neighbouring countries.